Capturing News picks up on the theme of the film Capturing Reality, an inspiring work that explores the documentary genre through on-camera conversations with acclaimed directors. Like those filmmakers, video journalists are also in pursuit of documentary truth, trying to capture that subset of reality known as news.
Online video journalism is spreading across newsrooms, including ones that traditionally dealt solely with print media. Because of declining costs and rapidly improving capabilities of cameras and editing systems, many reporters are becoming “backpack journalists” capable of reporting for multiple publishing platforms.
These are the stories of video practitioners with a first-hand view of how digital technologies are transforming the visual media world.